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Looking for a way to grow more plants in a limited space? Then give vertical gardens a try. This growing method works wonderfully in a small apartment as well as a yard or patio.
In this guide, we’ll discuss our favorite DIY vertical garden ideas and the best limited space gardening tips.
Hanging Planter Garden
Hanging planters are a great pick if you want to create the perfect vertical garden. From hanging baskets to DIY macrame plant hangers, the options are endless, and they work wonderfully indoors and in your garden. To combine beauty and utility, go for colorful pots and a mix of flowers, herbs, and hanging plants.
Got a small yard and not much space for growing plants? Then it’s time to turn your fence into a DIY vertical garden. All this easy project requires is a few pots and pipe hangers. Drill the holes in the fence, fix the hangers, slot your pots in place, and start planting. Or, if you’re green-minded as well as green-fingered, swap your pots for some spray-painted cans.
Wire Mesh Vertical Garden
With a bit of creative DIY, you can use chicken wire to make a vertical space for growing herbs and other plants. Start by building a cedar frame, then affixing hex wire netting using sturdy fence staples. You can either use string to hang the pots or drill a hole into each pot and hang it with an S hook.
PVC Pipe Herb Garden
Use your old PVC pipes to increase your growing space by building a vertical garden wall. You can either cut the pipes lengthwise and turn them into plant troughs, or use PVC elbows to make small pots. These pipes make great containers for plants with shallow root systems, such as lettuce or chard. Just remember to drill a few drainage holes before you start planting.
With a bit of DIY, an old ladder can become a lovely vertical garden. For a simple design, use some S hooks to put up your potted plants. Or, to maximize your limited space, use a wooden plank cut to size to build shelves between the ladder steps.
Recycled Pallet Planter
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A pallet is a fast and easy way to create a DIY vertical garden wall. You don’t even need to secure it in place: simply lean it against a wall, and use some pipe hangers for your plant pots. Or if you’d rather put your carpentry skills to the test, you can deconstruct it and build some rustic planter boxes instead.
Wooden Tiered Garden
This is a fun project for the amateur woodworkers out there looking to make a vertical garden. Take a few wooden planks or, better yet, cedar fence pickets, cut them to size, and use them to build a planter box ladder. As far as creative DIY’s go, you can take this one in any direction you want. In fact, why not up your gardening game by installing a drip irrigation system using a couple of soaker hoses and a timer.
Using lattices in vertical gardening is a wonderful way to grow in small spaces. Practical and versatile, a lattice can be used as a fence, garden divider, even vertical planter. A few S hooks and galvanized buckets is all it takes to create more gardening space, even in an apartment balcony.
Here’s a unique way to repurpose an old hanging shoe organizer: turn it into a herb garden wall. The shoe slots are the perfect size for plant pots, and you can use several pots to grow a variety of small plants and herbs, such as parsley, basil, mint, or even pea shoots.
Trellis Wall Garden
Trellises are a fantastic way to make the most of your gardening space, and can also be used as privacy screens. Outdoors, try using your trellis to grow perennial vines such as honeysuckle or clematis. Indoors, go for tropical climbing plants such as pothos or philodendron. Alternatively, you can turn your trellis into a wall planter by hanging pots or small buckets on it.
Upcycled Plastic Bottles
Reusing plastic bottles to grow fresh herbs is one of those vertical gardening ideas that’s not just eco-friendly, but also helps you save money. Take some empty soda bottles with holes drilled at the bottom, fill them with potting soil, and hang them on a fence or balcony with a bit of string.
Do you lack the carpentry skills to build your own wooden boxes? Try using some old crates instead. With a few nails, wood planks and some stacked crates, you can create your own garden wall, perfect for yards that don’t have a lot of growing space. Trying to keep it simple? Then just use the crates as window boxes to plant herbs in your kitchen.
“Floating” Clay Pots
Bring a dull, empty wall to life by creating a clay pot vertical garden. Pick a few colorful pots and some metal pot hangers screwed into the wall directly. With the right hangers, the pots will look like they’re floating in thin air. Next, simply fill the pots with potting soil and your favorite plants, and enjoy your wall’s new look.
Mason Jar Garden Wall
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Who needs curtains in a kitchen window when you can make a vertical garden instead? All you need to give this little space some use are a few mason jars, tension rods, and string. You don’t even need soil for this DIY project — you can plant herbs in just water.
Living Wall Garden
Building a living wall is a great method for starting a vertical herb garden, or just growing your favorite plants and flowers if you have limited space. You can either make your own using pocket planters mounted to a vertical surface, or buy a DIY vertical wall kit online.
This wraps up our 15 DIY vertical garden ideas. All you need to do now is pick your favorite and start planting!